Let’s talk about how to choose an accent chair! Accent chairs can make or break the decor of a room! Choosing the perfect chair can add a layer of interest and style and a fresh look but choosing one that is not right can stick out like a sore thumb! But we can choose one that is perfect for our rooms with just a little savvy decorating know-how! Here’s how…
A great accent chair can make a room look finished and adds a layer of beautiful decor.
This little accent chair has been in several rooms both at StoneGable and Tanglewood! It is kitchy and just the right colors and size! For us, this is a perfect accent chair!
Here are some smart questions to ask yourself so you can choose a perfect accent chair for a room in your home!
think about use
How will you use an accent chair? Will it get lots of use, will it primarily be decorative, will you read in it or watch tv?
If your chair will get lots of use make sure it has a sturdy construction and fabric that will hold up to wear.
If it’s mostly decorative design and style may be considered over construction. Saying that a chair must be sturdy enough to sit in! But you already knew that I’m sure.
think about style
Do you want a club chair or a wingback? A trendy chair or a traditional one? What style will work with the decor you already have? Or do you want to bring a little fresh new look in your room? Do you want a patterned chair, a solid color, or a just-now graphic design? It’s important to know what style will fit into your room.
One thing that makes many of the accent chairs in our home interchangeable is they are…
- they work with the color palette in our home
- have similar scale and proportion
- and are very comfortable
Think about the style of the furniture in your home. Do you want the chair to compliment your primary style or do you want it to emphasize a secondly style in your home?
An accent chair can add a bit of whimsy fun or sass to a room but it should not off-road too much for your home’s style!
think about comfort
You will need to answer just one question when you want to know how to choose an accent chair that is “just right”. It’s the Goldilock question! I cannot be too hard or too soft but just right! A chair needs to comfortable!
“Pretty” is important but comfort, when it comes to chairs you will actually use, trumps pretty EVERY TIME! No one want to sit in an uncomfortable chair! Believe me I’ve made that mistake and opted for fabulous over function and the chair did not stay in our home very long!
think about scale
Does the chair you are considering look like it “fits” into the room? Is it too big, too small or perfect! Again, the Goldilock question pops up! And Goldilocks was right! A chair needs to be “just right”!
If it’s not a perfect fit for the rest of the room… walk away! Scale is as important as style and comfort!
Scale and proportion are very important design concepts to know! I’ve broken down the interior design speak to share with your everything a home decorator needs to know about these very important design elements. Make sure you read ELEMENTS TO DESIGN… SCALE AND PROPORTION. It will help you to pick out the perfect accent chair.
THINK ABOUT PLACEMENT
Do you have enough space in your room for an accent chair? Make sure you have enough space for another chair. You don’t want your room to look too crowded. If you really need extra seating try rearranging your furniture to make room for a small accent chair.
Most home decorators tend to add too much to a room. A room needs to have negative space. In design, space is both positive and negative. It’s easy to think of negative space as empty space for all intents and purposes!
Just try taking away something from a room you are not all that thrilled about and rearrange the furniture. You will be shocked at what a little bit of space actually adds to a room.
The bottom line is making sure you have space in a room for another chair is smart decorating.
Read ELEMENTS OF DESIGN… SPACE for another designer lesson broken down into easy to understand, doable bites!
think about the existing furniture in the room
Does a chair you are considering work with the rest of the furniture in your room? Does the chair look like it belongs or does it look like it is just “visiting”? An accent chair needs to add not only seating but design and style to a room. If it doesn’t, pass it up!
We talked about that when we talked about style, right?
think about what to add to the chair
Once you have chosen a perfect accent chair you need to ask what you will put on the chair.
Will your accent chair stand alone? Can you add a pillow or throw? Will you be adding a side table and/or a lamp? How about a pole lamp? Will you add art above the chair? Do you need a basket on the floor for books, magazines, or other things? Would a poof or otoman work with the chair?
Assess the extras you add to the chair by looking at the room as a whole.
This is my favorite part of decorating. I love to embellish almost anything! This chair in the living room at StoneGable could handle a pretty pillow and throw.
Wow, you won’t believe the FABULOUS ACCENT CHAIRS OVER $250.00 you can find! A must-read, friend!